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Top Ten Things I Learned Buying a Small Farm

Most recently, my husband and I purchased a small farm in southern Oregon-ten acres in the Applegate Valley, a mixture of pasture, woodland, hills and weeds. We were delighted when we went into escrow and could not wait to be on the land mapping out our ideas and dreams. We did not expect the process to take six months and turn into an arduous and exhausting real ...

Melissa Matthewson | Dec 2007 | Article

Taking the Research on the Road: The Future of Oregon's Farmland

Almost two-thirds of Oregon’s agricultural land will be changing hands in the next two decades, but the vast majority of Oregon farmers and ranchers have not formalized plans to pass their land and businesses to the next generation. This is just one of the sobering findings of a research report published in September 2016 by Oregon State University, Portland State ...

Nellie McAdams | Oct 2017 | Article

Why do I need water rights for irrigation?

Many landowners are unaware that a legal right is needed to use surface water and groundwater for irrigation purposes.

Melissa Fery | Apr 2018 | Article

Changing Lands, Changing Hands: Report From The National Conference

The United States is fortunate to have 50 state “laboratories” with unique programs and policies to sample from. Yet state practitioners seldom have the chance to learn deeply about their peers’ hard-won lessons in order to improve services in our home states. I was fortunate to have that opportunity this June, when I joined several hundred advocates for intergenerational ...

Nellie McAdams | Oct 2017 | Article